Drummer Billy Hart's rich history includes stints with Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and many others. The quartet heard on his new CD -- "All Our Reasons" -- was formed in 2003, and was originally billed as the Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner Quartet. When Hart asked if it could be his band for a gig in his hometown of Monclair, New Jersey, the other members unanimously voted to give it to him permanently. As the Billy Hart Quartet, the four musicians, including bassist Ben Street, have continued to play a number of dates each year, often at New York's Village Vanguard. In 2005, the group recorded a well-received debut album. Since then, as Iverson notes, the music has become more free and spacious.
Saxophonist Yosvany Terry burst onto the jazz and contemporary music scene in New York in 1999, where he "helped to redefine Latin jazz as a complex new idiom," according to the New York Times. Born in Cuba, the musician/composer/educator incorporates American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce performances and compositions that flow from the rhythmic and hard-driving avant-garde to sweet-sounding lyricism. His resume includes work with Eddie Palmieri, Roy Hargrove, Chucho Valdes, Paquito D'Rivera" -- Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano. On his second disc as a leader -- "Today's Opinion, he makes a persuasive case for what jazz should be. With his stellar longtime musical partners and special guest pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Terry proposes a sonic world of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms and sophisticated contemporary angles.